Sprowston

Pupils get the power on first electric bus

Just Regional
Feb 15, 2024 2 mins read

Local pupils enjoyed a VIP trip when their school became a special bus stop for one of Norwich’s first electric buses.

Members of the First Norwich team visited White House Farm Primary School with the zero-emission bus, taking 28 Year 4 pupils out for a ride.

The children were also told how the bus works and about its sustainability.

The eight and nine-year-olds also learned why the vehicles are good news for Norwich and the planet because they help to combat climate change, and mean cleaner air for residents and visitors.

Rachel Hirst, employee director at First Norwich, said: “We had a great time meeting the Year 4 children at White House Primary School this week. They loved riding on the bus and were really engaged with the information on why these electric vehicles are important for our planet.

“It’s crucial that our young people understand the importance of making sustainable decisions, and our electric buses are an important step in the region’s battle against climate change, as well as helping to improve air quality.”

Class teacher Joe Zilch said: “The children had been learning about electricity in science and this was a wonderful opportunity to link their learning to real world applications.

“The children loved learning about how many batteries the bus had and linking their knowledge of electrical components to a moving vehicle, and loved learning about the environmental impacts of the bus of reduced CO2 and air pollution.”

The electric bus tour will visit a number of primary and secondary schools around Norwich over the coming months.

Schools interested in having a visit can email claire.quinton-tulloch@firstbus.co.uk for more information.

First Norwich launched its first electric buses in October. There are currently 24 in operation – including on the Sprowston route – and there will be 70 by April.

White House Primary School Year 4 Children

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